Like Ayurveda, the ancient Hebrews believed the body was the manifestation of the soul. They believed that disease was a part of your story. Every disease had a story to tell, with you playing the leading role. Your curiosity and willingness to explore revealed these personal mysteries of your illnesses.
Modern medicine is almost militaristic in its battle against disease. Disease isn't just a problem to conquer, it can also be a wake up call if you let it, an opportunity to re-examine your beliefs and behaviors. Ayurveda suggests that when your frustration degenerates into an emotional battle with disease and imperfection, it amounts to a self-rejection.
Yes, you can cure some diseases by fighting them. But the ancient Hebrews believed that curing diseases wasn't enough. A healing was just as necessary. Healing means that you have understood the essence and nature of your disease in its entirety. Healing includes insight, personal growth, and transformation so that you don't repeat the same behaviors that cause you to suffer. Aiming to heal, rather than seeking a cure, is an essential practice of preventative medicine.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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Made me see my responsibility for my health in an entirely different way
This helps :-)
True, true, true! Thank you!
The phrase "deep self regard" keeps surfacing in my thoughts. I've still a ways to go before I remember and act from this aspect automatically, so reminders such as yours help a lot. Thank you.
Thank you for your connection with the divine in all things. We are not separate from all things and our body is our precious vehicle, an amazing gift that we have been given to take us through this part of our journey. Treating it with love, honouring and caring for it are the ways we create Perfect Health for ourselves, for whatever we experience while we are honouring ourselves, is perfect! Robyn Lynch, Cowra Aust.
This is perfect. Thanks for the reminder
Thank you for this article. It is worded in such a way that it helps me understand things about my body better......and pointed my thinking into a good direction about how to understand what healing really is. Valeska 3-12-14